Senate Republicans Refuse to Hold Donald Trump Accountable For Insurrection

Bold Democracy Reforms Urgently Needed

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Senate Republicans prevented the body from reaching the two-thirds majority vote required to convict Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection with the intent to overthrow the results of the election. Despite irrefutable evidence and a majority of Americans saying they support convicting Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection which cost at least 5 lives, injured hundreds more, and endangered the lives of countless members of Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Republicans put their own political interests before those of their country. 

In response, Sierra Club Democracy Program Director Courtney Hight released the following statement:

“Despite the majority of Congressional Republican’s efforts, Donald Trump is and will forever be a traitor to this country and a threat to our democracy. Democracy demands justice. Democracy requires justice. Democracy is rooted in justice.

“The majority of Senate Republicans prioritizing an oath of party over the oath of office is yet another deadly and dangerous step they’ve taken to declare themselves the party of white supremacists, of extremists, and of total devotion to Donald Trump. A deliberative body is far from great when nearly half its members are more concerned with their political future than they are with holding those responsible for a deadly attack on our country accountable. Their actions today set a dangerous precedent -- which is why we must work to ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again.

“The outcome of today’s trial can not and must not be the end of holding those responsible for the insurrection accountable. Donald Trump, and those in Congress who aided and abetted his failed coup, must answer to the American people for their crimes against our country. Swift action must be taken to ensure that Donald Trump is never able to hold office again, and that any member of Congress who helped foment this attack is immediately expelled from the chamber. Only then can we ensure we prevent another Republican-led insurrection and unite as a country.”

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